Qantas, KLM fly passenger aircraft as freighters, Lufthansa and IAG may follow

[Note: Qantas has now decided to suspend all international passenger flying from the end of March until at least May 31, 2020.] As borders are severely restricted and passenger flights are cancelled around the world because of the COVID-19 pandemic, more airlines are beginning to operate empty passenger aircraft for the sole purpose of carrying […]

Altavair widebody fleet purchase could accelerate A330P2F conversions

Seattle-based Altavair signed a $1 billion agreement to acquire thirty-eight widebody aircraft currently owned by Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways. The acquisition includes sixteen 777-300ERs, sixteen A330-200s and six A330-300s. Altavair is considering freighter conversion as an option for the A330s, a move that could quickly accelerate the introduction of A330P2Fs. Although a large market has […]

Triple-Seven thoughts

In recent days we have looked at Boeing’s 747 and 767 programs, today we look at the 777 – the other aircraft type for which Boeing offers a freighter variant. Regarding the 767, we concluded that although the introduction of the 787 effectively ended demand for 767 passenger aircraft, demand for the commercial freighter and […]

GE’s Big Bet in Goliath Engines

In 1990, Brian Rowe bet $2 billion on a revolutionary jet engine design that would go on to influence three decades of propulsion. The GE90’s concept, architecture and technologies allowed for extraordinary gains in the aviation industry, culminating in the new GE9X engine for the Boeing 777X.

313 pax, 30 tonnes of freight

Air China took delivery of its first 777-300ER last July – and over the last year, it has ramped up a fleet of seven of the big twins, enough to launch them on a variety of long-range routes after initially training crews on short-hauls within Asia. B-2089 (msn: 38675) was the fifth ship to be […]

Air New Zealand All Blacks 777

There isn’t all that heavy a Cargo component to this photo, but Air New Zealand’s new special-livery 777-300ER (ZK-OKQ, msn: 40689) was simply too interesting to let pass without some show and tell. Rugby is New Zealand’s national sport, and New Zealand men’s national rugby union team, known as the All Blacks, are perhaps the […]
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